What began as a workshop in the cellar of a residential building on October 1, 1919 is today a global family-operated business in its fourth generation under the leadership of owner Michael Kleinbongartz.
Headquartered in Hilden, KUKKO employs 80 workers and sells its products in over 100 countries worldwide. Today, KUKKO is no longer just a manufacturer of pullers, but rather a solution developer which uses its expertise and creative vision to ensure that its customers and partners can keep everything running smoothly.
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Our mission statement
In order to move successfully into the future together, we rely on a clear vision which requires us to work together.
We think ahead.
Thinking ahead is a tradition at KUKKO. A tradition of gaining experience, looking to the future, examining possibilities and implementing new ideas quickly and flexibly. This is how we create innovative solutions and continue to improve.
We are proactive.
We are committed and strong-minded. We accept changes. We solve our customers’ problems as quickly and flexibly as possible. We do not shy away from challenges but tackle them with enthusiasm. We focus on solving the problem.
We are reliable and honest.
We treat our customers, colleagues and employees with care and respect. We assume responsibility for our tasks, and we work diligently. Our customers, business partners and colleagues can count on us.
KUKKO keeps the world moving and is itself always in motion. “One step at a time” is our strategy as we continue to expand around the globe. There are good reasons for KUKKO to move into new international markets: The demand for premium tools is increasing all over the world. Germany, the country of origin of the products we create, is highly valued abroad. “Made in Germany” stands for high problem-solving expertise and premium quality worldwide, and in many international markets the fact that we are a family-owned business is of key importance.Discover our partners
Without our roots, we have no future.
The developer gene is in our DNA. Since the founding of KUKKO by Alfred Kleinbongartz and Emil Kaiser in 1919, we have launched many innovative products and tackled many challenges. We have turned downtime into productivity and have always continued to innovate. Strong roots are the basis for our future-oriented and forward-looking way of working.
Founding of Kleinbongartz & Kaiser oHG
The incorporation of the district town of Lennep transforms Remscheid into a big city. The company headquarters gains geographical importance as a result
Start of production of pullers
Emil Kaiser gains insights from dialogue with the American military, which lead to numerous new product developments and patents
First KUKKO puller catalog in DIN A4 format
Completion of the new production hall at Herderstrasse 8 with a production area measuring 1,400 m2
First trade show appearance in Cologne
Introduction of the 844 and 845 hydraulic puller systems to begin developing the UK sales market
Demolition of the old factory building and construction of a new two-story factory building on Königstrasse
Entry of the fourth generation with Michael Kleinbongartz
Future-oriented trade show appearance at Hardware Fair Cologne
KUKKO wins the German Tool Manufacturers Innovation Price at the Cologne Trade Fair
Relocation of production from Remscheid to Hilden
Reader Prize awarded to the European with top score of “very good”
Create a green future with the combined heat and power plant
The 486-1 is nominated for the 2018 Eisen Awards in the category “Innovation”
With the launch of the digital product configurator, KUKKO is setting off into a new age of product recommendation
The company KUKKO celebrates its 100th anniversary
KUKKO enters a new age of Intelligent Pulling. Thanks to digital communication, products and sales management reach a new level of consulting and service.
The newly opened showroom at the Hilden headquarters promises a new dimension of experience and is a long-term investment in know-how and application advice
Let’s pull together
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